07 Dec 2015

Everybody's Business: conference held on young people's mental health

Agencies need to work better together to provide young people with the support they need with potential and active mental health problems. This is one of the conclusions reached at a conference held last week at the National Science Learning Centre at the University of York.

DSC_1149Higher York, in association with the CAMHS Executive (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services), held a highly successful conference - ‘Everybody’s Business’ - which focused on young people’s mental health.

Over 150 delegates attended and heard from a range of local and national speakers who explored young people’s mental health from primary school age to 25. Delegates included teachers, health professionals, student support staff, and many other interested parties.

One key message to emerge from a fascinating and impassioned day was that intervening when children are young can prevent them further and deeper issues down the line. Many speakers also highlighted the need to improve the process of transferring, and the support received, when a young person moves from one educational establishment to another.

Delegates also heard some highly personal accounts from people who have had direct and recent experience of mental health issues.

Paul Murphy, Associate Director of Higher York said, “The overwhelming interest in this conference, and the support we have received in making it happen from a variety of partners, shows that this is a subject that is at the top of people’s agenda at the moment. We will now look at the possibility of making the conference a regular event.”

Higher York are in the process of analysing feedback from this event. This will then be fed back to the Health and Wellbeing Board in the New Year, in order to promote positive changes to the services provided and how agencies can work better together.

Visit the conference webpage to view resources from the day: